1919-01-31 (116lbs) Memphis Pal Moore w pts 12 Young McGovern, Albaugh’s Theatre, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
1919-01-31 (116lbs) Memphis Pal Moore w pts 12 Young McGovern, Albaugh’s Theatre, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Made at 116lbs, a poundage he considered to be his best fighting weight, Moore successfully defended his title claim when outclassing McGovern throughout the entire contest. At least a foot shorter, McGovern was given a comprehensive boxing lesson, taking punch after punch without ever looking like being knocked over.
In truth, this was just another workout for Moore before taking on Dick Loadman (nd-w pts 10 at the Queensberry AC, Buffalo, New York on 3 February) at 118lbs. Two days before the Loadman bout, on 1 February, Moore had faced Battling Harry Leonard at the National AC, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, supposedly winning the six-round press decision. Leonard could easily make 116lbs, but as yet the author has been unable to find the weight the scrap was made at.
Another fight for Moore where he might have risked his 116lbs title claim came against Earl Puryear (nd-w pts 10 at the Fairyland Pavilion, Peoria, Illinois on 10 February). Although the Peoria Star reported that Puryear was well inside the weight there was no mention of what Moore scaled, and one has to assume that he possibly never weighed in, a common practice at that time.
Next came two more points winning eight-rounders at 118lbs, against Jim Walsh and Johnny Ritchie. Having disposed of Walsh (at Joe Levy’s AC, Nashville, Tennessee on 13 February) and Ritchie (at the New Lyric Theatre, Memphis, Tennessee on 17 February), Moore next took in a couple of catchweight warm-ups before meeting Frankie Mason at 116lbs.